17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, January 10, 1913: Our Literary Society met this afternoon. We got that old dialogue off, but some of us made mistakes.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma was very active in the Literary Society at McEwensville High School. Two days prior to this entry she wrote that she had memorized her part of the dialogue.
What types of mistakes did they make? Maybe Grandma (or others) forgot some of the lines.. . . or maybe some words weren’t pronounced clearly.
A very old book called Osgood’s American Sixth Reader gives some sentences that are difficult to articulate for students to practice:
1. The cat ran up the ladder with a lump of raw liver in her mouth.
2, Summer showers and soft sunshine, shed sweet influences on spreading shrubs and shooting seeds.
3. Henry Hignham has hung his harp on the hook where hitherto he hung his hope.
4. Whelply Whewell White was a whimsical, whining, whispering, whittling whistler.
5. Round the rough and rugged rocks the ragged rascals rudely ran.
These sentences remind me of when I was a child and used to try to say, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” five times as fast as I could without making a mistake. . .